Leaping fish breaks woman's leg

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A Florida woman had her leg broken by a leaping Sturgeon that landed on her boat.

25-year-old Tina Fletcher was a passenger on the boat on the Suwannee River in Northern Florida when the event happened just days after wildlife officers warned of Sturgeon in the area.

Witnesses described the fish as around 180cm/6' long and around 75lb in weight.

It's the fifth report of jumping Sturgeon colliding with boats this year – in another incident a woman was hit with glass when the fish smashed through the windshield of her boat.

Local fisherman Allen Martin told Southwest Florida Online: "…these fish are in no way attacking when they jump. They are simply doing what they have been doing for millions of years, jumping.” However, Martin went on to say: “They have five rows of rock-hard scutes along their sides, back and belly. When sturgeon and boaters collide, the results can be devastating.”

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